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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Report: Denver eyed trading for Fairley

By Bill Williamson

The Denver Post has an interesting nugget. It is reporting that the Denver Broncos considered trading up into the first 12 picks of the draft to select a falling Nick Fairley. The Auburn defensive tackle went to Detroit at No. 13. He was one of the players Denver considered at No. 2 prior to taking Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller.

A Miller-Fairley tandem would have been a spectacular first-round haul. Ultimately, though, Denver felt that the price to go grab Fairley was too steep. The Denver Post said Denver felt it would have had to give up the No. 36, No. 46 and No. 67 picks to move to get Fairley. The price tag could have been even steeper.

Instead, the Broncos -- who have many needs -- opted to keep their picks and grab several players. Instead of taking Fairley, the Broncos traded down from No. 36 to get back into the fourth and fifth round. They got five draft picks instead of Fairley.

Denver took UCLA safety Rahim Moore, Miami right tackle Orlando Franklin and NC State middle linebacker Nate Irving on Friday. All are projected as starters. Denver wanted four starters from this draft and they got it.

Getting Fairley would have been exciting, but that type of move would have been best suited for a team on the brink of the playoffs. Denver is starting to rebuild. So, the bigger draft class could be a better long-term move.